District 5 - Eveleth area
Last updated: 2014-09-30
CO Darrin Kittelson (International Falls) continued training with a COC. CO Kittelson and the COC monitored boating, ATV use, angling, waterfowl and small game hunting. Duck opener was very eventful in Black Bay of Rainy Lake area, hunters checked seemed to do very well, with a larger than expected wood duck count. Regulatory checks of anglers were conducted on local rivers and Rainy Lake, also conducted were boat enforcement and safety checks. Sturgeon fishing was in its prime as the end of the season is near. Sturgeon anglers checked reported catching a large amount of sturgeon ranging from 20 to 70 inches. CO Kittelson and the COC assisted other COs from the district with an AIS checkpoint held at the Int?l Falls Port of Entry, US Customs; there was a 56 percent violation rate. Throughout the week, several questions concerning the waterfowl and upcoming deer seasons were fielded, the call load continues to increase as the openers draw near. Enforcement action for the week included possession of an untagged sturgeon, angling w/o a license in possession, no legal lifesaving device on board a boat, transporting an unmeasurable fish, juvenile in possession of tobacco, juvenile in possession of alcohol, taking migratory waterfowl while in possession of toxic shot, taking migratory waterfowl from open water, taking migratory waterfowl w/o a federal duck stamp, transporting fish w/o a patch of skin, transporting a watercraft w/ the plug in and operating a watercraft without a fire extinguisher.
CO Brad Schultz (Cook) reports the 2014 Waterfowl opener in the Cook area was very slow. The weather was very warm, and very few hunters were observed. A work detail was attended in Int?l Falls. A falconry inspection was completed in a vacant station. The leaves are falling from the trees and a few more grouse are being observed.
CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) worked the duck opener, on-going small game and bear seasons, ATVs, invasive species enforcement at the Port of Entry in International Falls, stream anglers and taught a Firearms Safety Class in Hibbing. The officer also investigated two wolf depredation complaints with one sheep depredation confirmed as a wolf. The officer also dealt with a deer farm escape, discovered after a car hit one escapee. The other two escaped deer were euthanized as they were not captured by the owner. One trio of duck hunters erred by one not having a state duck stamp, two that shot pied-billed grebes, and one having marijuana and drug paraphernalia in possession (found when checking for toxic shot). Another duck hunting team was transporting loaded firearms in their motorized boat in anticipation of shooting ducks from open water. Enforcement action was taken on transport loaded firearm, no state duck stamp, take non-game migratory bird, no small game license in possession, transport aquatic macrophytes, bait bear with solid waste not bio-degradable, fail to register bear bait station, possess marijuana and drug paraphernalia and ATV violations.
CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) worked an aquatic invasive species detail in International Falls. Enforcement action was taken for failure to drain watercraft and transporting aquatic plants. The Virginia area experienced a slow duck opening weekend. Few hunters were seen out but those hunters that were checked all had some ducks in the bag. While walking to a remote duck blind, CO Frericks noticed a person walking through prime grouse habitat, wearing blaze orange and carrying a loaded shotgun. When asked for a license the person admitted he did not have one but said he wasn?t hunting. A citation was issued for hunting without a license.
CO Mark Fredin (Aurora) checked duck hunters with clear blue skies and few birds seen around the area. Time was spent on Lake Vermilion and lots of boaters out enjoying the nice weather. Most of the anglers had a few fish but many stated fishing was tough. Reports of more Grouse are being seen. Fredin assisted on an AIS work detail in Int?l Falls.
International Falls # 2 - vacant.
Ray - vacant.
Tower - vacant.